I know that most of us in the northern hemisphere are suffering in this heat. I am too. I cannot believe how hot it is. The last few days in Barcelona have been scorchers, with a hot wind slicing through the city. I personally would like to live in my fridge. It has made me lethargic, cranky, and well….not so enthusiastic to cook.
Then I thought of this salad. It is so refreshing, and light, and honestly, probably one of my absolute favorites! I love artichokes. I could eat them every day. And any way. But, the beauty of this, is that there is absolutely NO COOKING INVOLVED.
These are the ingredients you’re going to need, along with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, some salt and pepper. In this recipe I used Mahon cheese, which is a mature cheese from Menorca, similar in taste to a very sharp cheddar. But you can swap it with Parmesan, or cheddar, any mature cheese you have on hand will do.
It’s as easy as that, and I promise you, incredible. And a heat buster. The lemon juice refreshes, and the celery is basically just water, so it is thirst quenching!
So, for two people, here’s what you’re going to need:
3 medium artichokes
1 large stalk of celery
1 lemon, juiced
1/8-1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Shaved Mahon cheese
In a large bowl, place the lemon juice. Now, peel all the tough outer leaves of the artichoke until you get to the tender heart.
Then trim the stem, like this:
Then trim the tops off, like this:
Then thinly slice the hearts, and toss it in the lemon, to prevent them from browning. Do this with all the artichokes.
Thinly slice the celery, and shave off some of the Mahon cheese, and toss in with the artichoke. Add the extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
Let stand about 15 minutes before serving, so that the lemon juice softens the artichoke hearts out.
So that’s all folks! Easy, refreshing and healthy! Great for this summer heat we’re having.
From my kitchen to yours,